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Canal Cruise Amsterdam

Amsterdam is known for its many canals. The city center is practically a network of canals, along which you’ll find Amsterdam’s monumental canal houses. This historical area is referred to as “Grachtengordel” which would be best translated as “Canal Ring or Canal Belt“. The unique architecture really comes alive while viewed from the water and will leave a great impression.  Therefore people often state that Amsterdam is best seen from the water. The only way of finding out whether that’s true, is by going to see it for yourself. We even dare to state that your trip to Amsterdam isn’t complete if you haven’t been on a canal cruise. This is really something you don’t want to miss out on!

Check out the various options for a cruise along the beautiful canals below! From renting a boat to a romantic candlelight cruise.


You can’t leave Amsterdam without going on a canal cruise, as Amsterdam is best seen from the water!

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Classical canal boat in front of Heineken brewery

Classical canal boat cruise

The classical canal boat is always a good choice! These comfortable boats with glass ceilings and windows give you the opportunity to view the architectural highlights Amsterdam has to offer. In fall and winter these boats provide you cover against the weather so you can enjoy the city with out feeling cold or getting wet. Most boat tours offer guided tours and cover the city’s main highlights. Tours depart from multiple spots throughout the city.

There are canal cruises offered both in day and night time. Which one is best for you is up to you to decide. Obviously, during the day you’ll see more and have better opportunities to make good pictures. However, if you are visiting Amsterdam with the love of your life, there’s nothing as romantic as cruising the canals by night!

Prices of the canal cruises go from around €15,- up to €90, depending on the duration and beverages included in the tours. Definitely, check out the following cruises and see which fits you best.

Daytime canal trip – 1 hour

The daytime canal tours are offered by different companies. They are the cheapest option for the classical canal boats. The boats depart from multiple locations throughout the city, they depart regularly every 20 to 30 minutes. The route goes along all highlights that Amsterdam has to offer. There are audio guides available in over 18 different languages. Purchasing tickets for your Amsterdam canal tour online will save you a couple of bucks and waiting in the queue.

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Open booze cruise – 90 minutes including drinks

Are you looking for a cruise with a bit more excitement than the average, dull, canal cruise? Starboard Boats has got you covered. Their evening booze cruise in a small open boat is tailored for people looking for interaction with other travellers, who are looking to have a good time! During the 90-minute booze cruise, the cold beverages are waiting for you and are all included in the price.  The luxury boats are fitted with comfy cushions and a toilet. The open boats give you the chance to shoot some of the most magnificent pictures of Amsterdam, while a cover will protect you in case of rain.

  • A 90-minute cruise in a comfortable, open boat
  • Free drinks during the cruise
  • Ship fitted with a toilet
  • Centrally located pick up (5 minutes from Amsterdam Central Station)

Hop-on-Hop-off cruise – over 1,5 hour tour during 24 hours

The Hop-on-Hop-off boat tour is the most flexible canal cruise one can find. It allows you to see the city at your own pace. The boat tour takes you on a ride throughout the city. The boat stops at 7 different stops and you can get off at any point of choice. Among the seven stops, you’ll find Amsterdam Central station, Rijksmuseum, the Albert Cuyp market, Anne Frank House, Gassan Diamonds and the Hermitage Museum. Feel free to get off at any point you like. Your ticket is valid for a full 24 hours between 9:15 and 19:00 and there are boats stopping every 25 minutes or so. In between the stops you’ll have plenty of time to visit one of the museums or do some shopping. When you’re ready to go back to finish the cruise no reservation is required, just hop on and hop off as much as you like. Regular price for the 24-hour ticket is €27,50, but if you book online you’ll be rewarded with €2,50 discount for each ticket.

The Hop on-Hop off cruises can also be booked for 48-hours and can be combined with a bus tour. Visit the following page on all available hop on hop off tours for more information and prices.

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New York Pizza cruise – 1.5 hour

If you would like to do a canal cruise in the evening, but the dinner cruise is a bit over your budget, the pizza cruise is a perfect alternative. During this 90 minute cruise you’ll be covering both the historical and newer part of the city whilst enjoying a pizza of choice with a beer or a soda. The beverages are included in the price, so you’ll save money that you don’t have to spend on dinner and you can tick off a must do in Amsterdam!

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Candlelight canal cruise with dinner – 1.75 hours

Although the candlelight (dinner) cruises from lovers.nl are costly, they might be the most one of the most romantic things to do in Amsterdam. Imagine cruising along the Amsterdam canals by candlelight with the bridges lid with tiny bulbs. While you enjoy delicious wines, cheese specialties, and local charcuteries. During the cruise the drinks are unlimited. It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity and love is priceless, isn’t it? If you’re visiting Amsterdam with the love of your life it will be well worth the money. Enjoy your ride along with all the houseboats and stunning architechture!

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Combitickets and discounted canal cruises

Obviously the canal cruises are a big thing in Amsterdam. It’s a unique way of viewing the city’s beautiful canals. So for those that are looking for a bargain deal canal cruise check out the complete list of canal cruises and available discounts below. The best discounts are often found in a combination ticket with a museum or excursion included. Choose wisely!

Cruise / tour Price Discount
Classic canal cruise: Leidsekade € 14,40 € 4,60
Hop-on-Hop-off bus & boat 24h € 20,70 € 6,80
Rijksmuseum & canal cruise € 30,50 € 4,-
Xtracold Ice bar + canal cruise € 27,90 € 14,05

Sail a small boat yourselfrent a boat for canal cruise

Do you want to be completely free and decide yourself which canals to cruise, have a picnic, drink or stay on the canals for hours? Then there’s the option to hire a small electric boat and sail it yourself This might very well be the coolest way to explore the waterways of Amsterdam! Especially when you’re with a group of people renting a boat in Amsterdam is a fun and cheap alternative for the canal cruises with a classical canal boat. There are multiple companies that rent out small electric boat that you can sail yourself. They are easy to sail and the electric propulsion provides a smooth, comfortable cruise over the Amsterdam canals. So put your captain hat on and start your own adventure. An electric rental boat will cost you somewhere around €30,- per hour. A boat carries up to 6 people so that’s only €5,- per person when fully loaded. Sounds like a heck of a deal!

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Luxury 90 minute Salon Boat Cruise

Would you like to cruise the Amsterdam Canals in style? This authentic, luxury salon boat might be for you! The fully restored ship is electrically powered and heated for a comfortable, though environmentally friendly cruise. During the cruise, you’ll get to see the best highlights of Amsterdam. The capacity of the boat is a maximum of 30 passengers. During the cruise, a knowledgable skipper will provide live commentary in English. Coffee and tea are complimentary.

Cruise Like a Local – by KINboat

KINboat is one of the newer boating companies in town. They operate smaller vessels than the classical canal boats. This enables boats to also sail the smaller canals. the boats offer a more intimate setting with groups of 12 persons at most. The 1-hour cruise includes two drinks and can be ordered at thingstodoinamsterdam.com. Any special requests can be discussed with the knowledgeable captain.

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Small open boat tour

Since a year or two canal cruises with small open boats are gaining popularity. Thanks to the size of the boats, you can even cruise the smallest canals. There are several companies that rent out these boats and the captain is included. Most of the ships are electric so you won’t have any disturbing noise or smell from the engine. You can choose to have a private canal cruise with a group of choice or join in with other people. Renting a boat for a private group is an excellent choice for instance a bachelor or birthday party. Though we’re really font of the small boats, they do come with a few downsides; there’s no cover against the weather and they’re not as stable as the classical canal boats which makes them less suitable for elderly people or people with walking difficulties.

Prices for the small boats start from approximately €100,- per hour (10 passengers) up to €250,- (40 passengers) per hour depending on the size of the boat.

Rent a canal bike

Looking for some playful fun out on the Amsterdam canals? Don’t miss out on the canal bike rentals! The canal bikes are a really cool way to cruise the canals of Amsterdam. Especially when travelling with kids this fun ride can’t be missed. Do keep in mind that you won’t see as much of the city as with any sort of boat as it does take a lot of energy to keep the bike moving on the water. The canal bikes will offer you a good workout though, whether you like it or not.

Renting a canal bike will cost you about € 8,- per person per hour. For the canal bikes a deposit of €20,- is required.